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Past, Present, Future

History, Politics, & Current Events
June 2017
Monday, June 12, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Denver author Will Bardenwerper will discuss and sign his narrative non-fiction title The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid ($26.00 Scribner), a book that, in the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song, lifts away the top layer of evil and finds complexity beneath. This is the bizarre tale of twelve young American soldiers who are deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006. Rather than fight the enemy in combat, the men are unexpectedly assigned to guard the country's notorious leader--Saddam Hussein--in the months leading to his execution.
Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 pm, Aspen Grove

As one of the key architects of the Allied victory in World War II, Winston Churchill is widely regarded as one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century. Join Active Minds as we examine Churchill’s life before becoming prime minister of England, his years in the job, and his lasting impact on his country and the world.
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award winning historian and author Michael Wallis will read from and sign The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny ($27.95 Liveright), an unflinching and historically invaluable account of one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes. Wallis has spent years retracing the ill-fated journey of the Donner Party, uncovering hundreds of new documents that illuminate how a combination of greed, backbiting, and recklessness led the group to become hopelessly snowbound at the infamous Donner Pass in present-day California. Wallis not only details the cannibalism that has haunted their legacy but also the heroic rescue parties that managed to reach the stranded.
Saturday, June 17, 6:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. Before entering politics, he was a critically-acclaimed comedy writer, an extraordinarily popular cast member on Saturday Night Live, a bestselling author, and radio talk show host. Senator Franken will join us to discuss and sign his new book Al Franken, Giant of the Senate ($28.00 Twelve), the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. Senator Franken will be in conversation with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Tickets for this event are on sale now through EventBrite. Tickets will include a book, and customers have the option of purchasing a single ticket (one person, one book) or a ticket admitting two guests (two people, one book). Additional books will be available for purchase at the event.
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Often labeled "neo-Nazis" or "right-wing extremists," radical nationalists in the Nordic countries have always relied on music to voice their opposition to immigration and multiculturalism. These actors shook political establishments throughout Sweden, Denmark, and Norway during the 1980s and 1990s by rallying around white power music and skinhead subculture. Benjamin Teitelbaum will read from and sign Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism ($24.95 Oxford University Press), which explores this transformation of anti-immigrant activism in the Nordic countries as it manifests in thought and sound.

Tuesday, June 27, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

The issue of race in the military extends from colonial times to the present day. Join Active Minds as we explore a chapter of this story from World War II: the Tuskegee Airmen. This group of African American pilots were the first black military aviators in the U.S. armed forces. We will tell their story of struggle and triumph and bring this issue into a current context.
Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Garrett Graff is the editor-in-chief of The Washingtonian. He is the author of The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War and is the founding editor of the FishbowlDC.com, the first blog to cover the White House press briefings. Graff will discuss and sign Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die ($28.00  Simon & Schuster), an eye-opening true story of the government's secret plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil -- a narrative that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.
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